Saturday, December 03, 2005

U.S. Negotiator Tells Of Impatience With North Korea

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill is telling reporters that he is impatient with the progress of talks to curtail North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Hill, the U.S. chief negotiator in the six-nation talks is acting like he has better things to do.

Or does he just have ADHD?

Hill is quoted as saying "we cant just sit there stalemated session after stalemated session."

Yes, we can, if it means keeping North Korea at the bargaining table, since the stalemate is largely due to the American negotiating position. The problem is that the United States is refusing to offer tangible consideration to the North during these talks, insisting instead that any aid or other assistance would be provided only after North Korea disarms.

This is no way to try to win a deal with anybody, much less the paranoid North Koreans.

Three of the other nations involved in the talks, China, South Korea, and Russia, are losing patience with the U.S. approach.

The stakes here are too high to fuck around any more.

The United States should be prepared to offer at least some carrots to the North to get the process going again. This would not be "giving in to blackmail" except in the eyes of the false macho cretins crafting our disastrous foreign policy.


Blogger Gothamimage said...

I think we should disengage - and force China to act, so as to ward off Japan getting involved. I'm not sure about this - this may be the one thing where I am not sure Bush is wrong. They key is not aid, rather it's leveraging forces to do what is the best interest of all concerned.

Regarding the planting of stories in Iraq, that was to provide propaganda back here - Iraqis know what's happening outside their window- But it's against the law to spend money on propaganda at home, so the Bush team evades that by pointing to it overseas.

12/03/2005 10:22 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


The way I understand it, Japan is threatening to pursue a nuclear weapons program if we (or someone) can't get a handle on North Korea.

You are right that this would motivate China to reign in North Korea. But unless the United States is willing to remove all our troops from South Korea, which we are not, we will continue to insist on having a say in the talks.

On the planted stories, how many stories have you seen in the MSM that have been cribbed from an Iraqi news outlet? None.

The mainstream media in the U.S. have their higher level sources, and are always willing to oblige the interests of the national security state. The Lincoln Group shenanigans are just an Ipod compared to the "Mighty Wurlitzer."

12/04/2005 12:12 PM  

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